Howard University Professor Receives Collaborative NSF Grant for Artificial Intelligence Driven Cyber-manufacturing

Photo of Dr. Rawat - Howard UniversityWASHINGTON – Danda B. Rawat, Ph.D., director of  Howard University's Data Science & Cybersecurity Center (DSC2) and professor of computer science, will participate on a national team of researchers working to integrate artificial intelligence into manufacturing of quantum materials. 

The research is led by Harvard University, in collaboration with Howard University and the University of Southern California, and is funded by a five-year $3.75M Future Manufacturing Research Grant from the National Science Foundation.

“Together, the team will work to improve cyber physical operations using data science and data analytics based robust communication, computing, and control operations, and advance the field of artificial intelligence-driven cyber-manufacturing process for quantum materials,”  Rawat says.  

The objective of the research is to develop a transformative Future Manufacturing platform for quantum material architectures using a cyber-manufacturing approach, which combines artificial intelligence, robotics, multi-scale modeling, and predictive simulation for the automated and parallel assembly of multiple two-dimensional materials into complex three-dimensional structures.

“Since joining Howard University in 2016, Dr. Rawat's research activities have had a tremendous impact on our computer science program and college,” said John M. M. Anderson, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture. “Dr. Rawat's most recent award from​ the National Science Foundation will enable him and his collaborators to continue to build on their efforts to customize future manufacturing for quantum materials.”

Anderson added that Dr. Rawat’s funded research and high-quality classroom instruction has created opportunities for our students to become leaders in game-changing technical areas, such as machine learning, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence, which are in great demand in industry and government.

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